Harrison County Republicans make final push for GOP ticket

By Don Culpepper - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS. (WLOX)- The final weekend leading up to what most consider the most historic presidential election in recent history, has been a busy one at Republican Campaign Headquarters in Gulfport.

"This is Meg, and I'm real sorry to bother you," says one phone bank volunteer. "I'm just a volunteer, calling to remind you that Tuesday is election day."

The GOP faithful continue to burn up the phone lines and pound the pavement for their candidates.

"Yesterday(Saturday) we had about 150 to 151 volunteers," says volunteer Parks MacNabb of Jackson. "Today(Sunday) we've got about 70 out walking. We're just trying to energize the base with a very grassroots, intensive, get out the vote effort."

In fact, with the McCain/Palin ticket still holding a solid lead over Obama/Biden in Mississippi, local volunteers are focusing more on the all important Senate race between incumbent Roger Wicker and his Democratic challenger, former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove.

"We could really use your support for Senator Wicker and Senator Cochran," another phone bank volunteer tells a porspective voter. "We really need them back in the United States Senate."

"It's just important to defend this seat," says MacNabb. "Mississippi is a conservative state and we want to defend the seat."

Important enough to bring Steven Replogle all the way from Atlanta, Georgia, to spend his weekend knocking on South Mississippi doors for Roger Wicker.

"I just feel very passionately about the election here," says Replogle. "I think it's an important year."

For Tiffany Brosh of D'Iberville, volunteering is a lesson in representative government .

"There's so many people that don't vote around here, and I mean it's important," says Brosh. "If you want people to listen to what you have to say, then you have to vote."

And for these volunteers there's only one party that represents them.